COVID Africa Tracking Website launch by 3 civil societies

In its quest to provide African citizens with access to evidence on COVID resources, three civil society organizations (CSOs) and leading social accountability initiatives, Follow the Money and BudgIT, with learning partners Global Integrity, have launched a comprehensive user-friendly COVID-19 Fund Africa website as part of the COVID-19 Transparency & Accountability Project (CTAP).

The COVID Africa Tracking website has flexible navigation and functionality that allows visitors to access all data on COVID in Africa, including intervention resources, funds allocations, palliative distributions, accurate number of cases, data on COVID funds, vaccine management and government’s responsiveness.

According to Follow the Money Founder, Hamzat Lawal, “Our primary goal for designing the website is to improve citizens’ use of data for advocacy and government engagement in a manner that promotes transparency, accountability and open

The website currently displays information on $51.05billion resources committed to COVID-19 across
Africa, $5.08billion In-Kind Donation, as well as over 2,532 COVID Datasets across Africa.

Published resources featured on the website analyze post-COVID economic environment and its impact on marginalized communities.

In his speech, BudgIT’s Executive Director, Seun Onigbinde said, “In tracking government’s level of responsiveness, we have shown, through data on the CTAP website, overarching issues such as discrepancies in palliatives and cash transfer distributions, substandard healthcare compounded by the pandemic, disintegration of COVID data, vague procurement processes and blatant corruption by government officials.”

The COVID tracking site also featured COVID analysis and research resources for seven focus countries: Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cameroon and Nigeria.

It highlights COVID status in these countries and also features knowledge centres on human angle stories

by moses oyejola

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